- Meliora Homes aims to efficiently build homes for refugees from recycled plastics
Awards & Mentions
- Third place in 2017 Charles and Janet Forbes Entrepreneurial Award Competition
- First place (tie) in 2017 Mark Ain Business Model Competition
- Undergraduate Excellence Award in the Clean Technology category of the 2017 New York Business Plan Competition
- Top 8 team in 2017 Hult Prize (50,000 entries from across the globe)
Homes Constructed from Recycled Plastics
Meliora Homes – comprised of four 2017 Rochester alums – aims to solve the world’s refugee housing crisis, one home at a time. Co-founders Edgar Alaniz, Carlos “Yuki” Gonzalez, Ibrahim Mohammad, and Omar Soufan used their diverse areas of expertise to build affordable and safe houses for displaced persons out of recycled plastics. The team plans to sell home-building kits (similar to large Lego bricks) to those in refugee camps in Lebanon, Syria, and other countries with high refugee populations. Recently, these UR grads competed in the Hult Prize Competition, the world’s most prestigious social entrepreneurship competition. Though they were eliminated during the semifinals in spring 2017, they were selected as one of three wildcard teams for Hult’s summer accelerator program. Out of 50,000 applications, they were one of the top eight teams in the world. In the UR entrepreneurial community, Meliora Homes tied for first place in the 2017 Mark Ain Business Model Competition, which earned them $7,500 and a space in the UR Student Incubator at High Tech Rochester. They also placed third in the 2017 Forbes Entrepreneurial Contest and won the Undergraduate Excellence Award in the Clean Technology category of the 2017 New York Business Plan Competition.